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A Thrilling Ride

The Vancouver Canucks' Fortieth Anniversary Season

Regular price $19.95 CAD
  • ISBN: 9781926812915
  • Tags: Bev Wake, Pat Quinn, Paul Chapman, Sports & Recreation, Writers From The Province And The Vancouver Sun,
  • Dimensions: 9 x 11
  • Published On: 6/27/2011
  • 160 Pages
  • ISBN: 9781926812922
  • Tags: Bev Wake, Pat Quinn, Paul Chapman, Sports & Recreation, Writers From The Province And The Vancouver Sun,
  • Published On: 6/22/2011
  • 160 Pages

A Thrilling Rideinvites fans to relive the greatest moments of the Canucks’ most celebrated season and historic achievements. Vancouver’s best sports writers—including Ed Willes and Gord McIntyre of The Province and Cam Cole and Iain MacIntyre of The Vancouver Sun—share their insights into the stellar play, the determined players, the overtime heroics, and the passionate fans, while more than 125 full-colour photographs record the dramatic action. The book also includes a heartfelt foreword by former Canucks coach Pat Quinn.

A Thrilling Ridetakes fans on a journey through the entire 2010-2011 season, from the opening-night introduction of the Canucks Ring of Honour to the emotional ceremony to retire former captain Markus Naslund’s jersey, and from the President’s Trophy victory through all four rounds of the play-offs, including the Canucks’ redemptive victory over archrivals the Chicago Blackhawks, to the final and formidable face-off against the Boston Bruins.

The book is also a tribute to Canuck Nation—the enthusiastic and devoted fans who celebrated each victorious moment and suffered through each painful setback. A Thrilling Ride is dedicated to these passionate fans who—with faces painted and towels in hand, some in green spandex body suits—cheered relentlessly, long after the final buzzer. Fans who—after hooligans and upstarts attempted to destroy their city—showed up in the morning to restore order to the streets.

Pat Quinn was President and General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks from 1987 to 1997, and also Head Coach from 1991 to 1994. He was responsible for significant draft-day acquisitions including Pavel Bure and Trevor Linden, and in 1994 he led the team to the Stanley Cup finals against New York. A two-time Jack Adams Award winner, Quinn is currently Senior Adviser of Hockey Operations with the Edmonton Oilers.


"This anthology of the Vancouver Canucks greatest season features 211 full colour photographs taken by the talented photography crew at Pacific Newspaper Group while Vancouver best sportswriters, including The Vancouver Sun's Iain MacIntyre, Brad Ziemer and Cam Cole, chronicle's the club's amazing 40th anniversary season. The book delivers on everything, except a happy ending. Don't blame us for that." -Vancouver Sun